I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 19

Lín, Overseeing, nearing


Trigram Earth
Trigram Lake

Gua Poem:
Overseeing. Eminent - expansion
Harvest - divination
. Reaching the eighth moon there is a pitfall.

The great image says: Above marsh there is earth, overseeing. The noble one teaches and ponders inexhaustibly, he tolerates and protects the people without limits.

  Lín: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.33, withdrawing. Try to find the balance between those two, not too open, not too closed.

  Top 6: Generous nearing. Auspicious. Without fault.
 You can think things big or small. Make them rise up or push them down. Things, situations, people and even your life, they are all as good as the size of your acceptance and generosity towards them.
(Changes to hex.41)  Mirror

  6 at 5: Wise nearing is the style of a great prince. Auspicious
 When you know how to near people, how close, what to accept and what not, how to stay yourself and let them be who they are, how to attract those of value and keep distance from the harmful ones – then you have the assets of being a leader or teacher.
  (Changes to hex.60)  Mirror

  6 at 4: To the highest degree nearing. Without fault.
 Everybody has to live his own life, so grant everyone his own Tao. His decisions, his way of life, his death. Acknowledge it as part of his being, do not withdraw and do not try to make it fit your own convictions 'for his own good'.
  (Changes to hex.54)   Mirror

  6 at 3: Sweet nearing. No direction bears fruit. Finish grieving it, avoid faults.
 Being open to others or to demands of people or work requires boundaries so that you don't harm yourself. Even good people can invade your mind and distract you from your well-being. If you happen to have a very open mind, protect yourself.
  (Changes to hex.11)    Mirror

  9 at 2: Together nearing. Auspicious. Nothing that does not bear fruit.
 Help stays weak if one is not able to live free and strong oneself. Only who is an egoist in essential life values can be a true altruist. And don't give help where it is wasted. Help those who are able to use spiritual help or have enough spirit to use material help in a positive way.
  (Changes to hex.24)  Mirror

  Initial 9: Together nearing. divination auspicious.
 Every caring needs dedication. One action which is not right can mess up everything. One moment of forgetting can be a disaster. Leaving the baby a minute alone, forgetting a medicine, not noticing the papers near the fire, forgetting an appointment. The 'mouths' one looks after have to be a part of one's mind, always, every moment.
 (Changes to hex.07)  Mirror

  No lines changing: you can try to do things, but they may fail or even backfire. If there's nothing that should (or can) be done, then this might be a good time to relax and refuel. The Poem and the Image are guides that show you the best way to do that.

  The Trigrams offer possibilities that the hexagram-texts don't show.

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last update: 16.12.2023


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